When it was announced last year that Shepard Fairey's traveling solo show Supply and Demand would stop at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, it immediately seemed a masterstroke for the museum. Once it opens Friday (continuing through Aug. 22), we'll see if the attendance and community interest live up to expectations.
It's hard for our generation to imagine controversy over color photography. In a day and age when many art schools have shut down their darkrooms in favor of digital, color is taken for granted. The Cincinnati Art Museum's 'Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970–1980,' opening Friday, explores when several artists changed the face of art photography forever.
One of the last artists to benefit from Cincinnati's city-funded art grant program is Kim Flora. In 2008, she was awarded $6,000 to support the creation of the large-scale encaustic paintings that grace her exhibition 'Personal Vistas,' opening Feb. 5 at PAC Gallery in East Walnut Hills.
Convinced that no good can come of ignoring or forgetting a shameful aspect of American history (some 5,000 murderous, illegal lynchings, mostly of African-American males, from 1882 to 1968) the National Underground Railway Freedom Center has taken a traveling show that sometimes elicited anger in earlier venues and hopes to make it a means of furthering understanding rather than undermining it. 'Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America' opened last week and runs through May 31.
The cumulative impact of C. Spencer Yeh's loosely connected multimedia works at the CAC forces one to experience the world through his unique, sometimes alienating perspective — an approach the artist has investigated more prominently in his vast and various musical projects over the last dozen-plus years. Yeh's best-known musical entity is Burning Star Core, whose moody, cinematic soundscapes can be described as everything from avant-garde Free Jazz to experimental Noise Rock to the sound of the world caving in on itself.
The three recently-opened exhibitions at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts couldn’t be more different, with Rick Mallette, Alice Pixley Young and Steve Zieverink each boasting their own flair.
Cincinnati’s vibrant community of alternative-exhibition spaces is my first love in this area. I am boastful of the innovations I witness in these unlikely places, where I not only exhibit my own installations but also, in several cases, help organize and curate exhibitions.
Casting a wide net is Manifest Gallery’s usual mode of operation. The “neighborhood gallery for the world” on Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills attracts entries and exhibits works from all over this country and beyond. However, a current exhibition called Backyard reflects a deliberate narrowing of the field.
“Swing Landscape” at 7-by-14 feet is quite large. It is a key piece by a giant of American Modernism whose work anticipated both Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. The Philadelphia-born Davis, who died in 1964 at age 71, was a champion of 20th-century European art and combined its influences with the American vernacular.
The cast of colorful and eccentric characters populating downtown and Over-the-Rhine will inflate by one this Friday when performance artist Jimmy Kuehnle comes to town. At first, he’ll look pretty normal. But within seconds, without warning, he’ll transform into … well, it’s hard to describe, actually.
Historical societies’ “attics” — actually, they call it “storage” — are a lot like those at your great aunt Eloise’s house, only even better. You don’t know what you might find because there’s so much up there.
There are more exhibitions, installations, shows and general art activities going on this holiday season. From Manifest's Backyard exhibit to Avant-gardist C. Spencer Yeh's Standard Definition, you'll never go hungry for a cultural experience.
It's taken a couple unwanted delays for Cincinnati Art Museum to get 'Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry' open, but it's been worth the wait. The museum has done a wonderful job displaying it; Cynthia Amnéus, CAM's associate curator of costume and textiles, has really made it look sparkling.
Having Country Club's West End gallery space in walking distance of my home was a luxury I didn’t fully appreciate until it moved across town to Oakley. But while it's now further away from downtown and many like-minded arts organizations, it is worth the trek.
I’ve always been able to find art in Cincinnati. From seeing the paintings created by an art class at SCPA, where I’m currently a senior, to being inspired by exhibits at the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Contemporary Arts Center, it’s been fairly easy to nourish my passion for art in my hometown.